Bay College men’s basketball season ends with loss in National Junior College Athletic Association regionals
ESCANABA — A valiant comeback effort came up a little short for the Bay College men’s basketball team here Wednesday night as it dropped an 82-71 basketball decision to Dakota County (Minnesota) Technical College in a National Junior College Athletic Association Region 13 opener.
The victory enables the Blue Knights (19-10) to host United Tribes Technical College (Minnesota) or Bottineau (North Dakota) in the regional championship game Sunday. The Norse finish their season at 19-10.
This marked the sixth all-time meeting between the teams, with the visiting team winning each time.
“This is two years in a row that this happened. That’s crazy,” Dakota County coach Peter Olafeso said. “We play well here. Coach (Matt) Johnson is a great coach. We’re just glad to be on top right now.”
The Norse trailed 47-30 at halftime, then began to whittle away at their deficit.
Bay eventually climbed within 69-65 on a jump shot from top of the key by freshman guard Marcus Harris with 4:50 left.
Two area players played in the game but didn’t score. Negaunee sophomore Luke Mattson started and played 17 minutes, grabbing four rebounds and adding an assist and a steal. Ishpeming sophomore Dondre Yohe played 11 minutes and had an assist.